Congress and foreign affairs, national security policy and foreign sovereign representation
House Foreign Affairs Committee, Office of the Secretary of Defense, White House National Security Council Staff, Lobbyist
Mark Tavlarides has nearly four combined decades of experience working for the federal government and in advocacy. He navigates the legislative process to help clients shape decisions that advance their domestic and global policy goals.
At BGR, Mark provides strategic and substantive political advice to help clients build relationships in Congress, the executive branch and with third-party organizations, all with an eye toward achieving positive long-term outcomes. Foreign sovereigns and companies with international footprints all turn to Mark’s high-energy problem solving and effective advocacy.
Mark joined BGR after more than 16 years of advocating in Washington on behalf of corporations, nonprofits and sovereign governments. From crisis management to advising foreign sovereigns on how to improve relations with the United States, Mark takes a comprehensive approach to client management. He has successfully removed language from national security legislation that would have prohibited funding to a strategic partner of the United States and obtained funding for a major malaria program that has saved thousands of lives on behalf of an NGO; Mark truly is a full-service operator.
Prior to joining the private sector, Mark served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Security Council, where President Bill Clinton tapped Mark’s expertise in leading efforts to generate congressional support for the president’s national security strategy.
Mark joined the White House from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he served as the Senior Special Assistant for International Security Affairs in the Legislative Affairs Bureau. He previously spent 10 years serving on the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Organizations. As the subcommittee’s staff director, he worked to improve and strengthen U.S. relations with the United Nations and advanced measures related to foreign aid. Among his key accomplishments was participating in the enactment of legislation that established the Child Survival Fund, which provides life-saving interventions for children in impoverished areas of the world. Mark also worked with key Members of Congress to shape legislation related to the Eastern Mediterranean.
A true D.C. native, Mark was born and raised in the District, even attending D.C. public schools. His daughter Eleni is currently a freshman in college. Mark received his Bachelor of Science from Towson State University.